If you take a random poll and ask 10 people whether so is healthy or not, I believe that at least 9 of them will say that it is. Soy has been branded into the common conception as a health food. This has done food companies a world of good as soy products are now sold in billions of dollars annually. But is soy really healthy or is this just the result of clever marketing?
There's no doubt that soy has been part of the Asian diet for centuries. However, the soy we eat today is not the same as that which our ancestors may have known had they visited south-east Asia or were born there.
The soy we eat today is unfermented, for the most part, which is why a lot of people suffer from digestive problems after they consume soy. In addition, modern agriculture, in its commendable efforts to feed a growing population, has turned more and more to chemical food processing. Industrialized soy undergoes extensive processing, and losses a lot of the beneficial qualities it has.
Phyto-Estrogens and Why they're bad
One of the main problems with soy products is that they contain phytoestrogens. Estrogen is the female hormone and phytoestrogens mimic the activity of this hormone so consuming to much of them can disrupt the hormonal balance in the body. This can lead to all sorts of problem: reproduction difficulties, lower sperm count, decreased sex drive, and an increase in belly and chest fat.
This is why many fitness and nutrition experts claim that soy should not be eaten by anyone who wishes to lose fat.
What to do for protein
The increased media attention to the health problems in soy is especially problematic for vegetarians. Soy has long been considered an important source of protein for vegetarians and vegans. If you take it away as being unhealthy, what have you got left?
If you're worried about protein know that they are many plant sources of protein: beans, legumes, and vegetables that can easily make up your recommended protein intake. You do not really need soy. There are other options. You have nothing to worry about.
Naturally, the question of soy being healthy or not is not generally agreed upon. There are many contrasting views. However, the increasing opinions of many experts against consumption of soy products is something every health conscious person should know about in order to make an informed decision about your health.